Geriko, the Franco-Belgian creative duo of Hélène Jeudy and Antoine Caëcke, creates cinematic animations bound to make your jaw drop. In its most recent music video for Lorn its sweeping cityscapes are full of immense detail from interiors to technological devices.
Inspired by Japanese and Belgian comics, the animation is eerie in a futuristic monochrome world. Set in the year 2100, the music video interprets the title of Anvil as a postmortem social network mandatory to all “in an effort to combat overpopulation”. Musician Lorn gave the duo complete free reign: “He allowed us to choose one track from his latest album and gave us full creative freedom to explore and develop bot the narrative and the aesthetic of the piece. It was a great privilege to be awarded so much trust and creative licence by an artist we deeply admire,” Geriko explains.
In “a mixture of digital 2D, 3D, and traditional animation”, the video follows a female through a journey into an advanced afterlife, repeated shapes constructing hovercrafts, looming architecture and ominous corridors. Influenced by conversations between Hélène and Antoine “about social networks and connectivity in day to day life, we laid the foundation for our story”. Built from the pairs’ individual illustration work, alongside “sprinkled references of works we love such as Akira by Katsuhiro Ôtomo and a nod to Irene Cassini, a character in Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca” this video is both advanced in its content, elevated by references from the past.
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